TESLA – Sprung 3

Sprung Structures garnered tremendous attention for helping Tesla build a 140,000 square foot factory in only 3 weeks for their newest assembly line. This enabled Tesla to meet their 5,000 car per week Model 3 production goal!

Click below to find out more about Elon Musk’s light-bulb moment as seen on 60 Minutes.

“This whole thing that you see here was a pretty miraculous effort by the team to create a general assembly line out of nothing in three weeks. It was life or death,” said Musk. “Those betting against the company were right by all conventional standards that we would fail. But they just did not count on this unconventional situation of creating an assembly line in a parking lot in a tent.”

Elon Musk, CBS 60 Minutes interview, December 9th, 2018

Tesla Modular Building Sprung Structure

What people are saying:

“We believe in rapid evolution,” Mr. Musk said in an interview. “It’s like, find a way or make a way. If conventional thinking makes your mission impossible, then unconventional thinking is necessary.”
(Boudette 2018, nytimes.com)

“No standard automotive solution could be built in time,” said Musk, “so we created a new solution. It is working and has slightly higher quality than the more traditional general assembly line. Perhaps most surprising is that the total cost of production in the sprung tent is lower.”
(NBC 2018)

“A new building was impossible, so we built a giant tent in 2 weeks,” Musk Tweeted last weekend. “And it’s way better than the other GA [general assembly] line that cost hundreds of millions!”
(Davies 2018, Wired)

“Tesla is building up under a giant new tent at the Fremont factory…
Everyone has been calling it a “tent”, but it’s a Sprung structure, which is a much stronger type of building that can actually be used permanently.”

(Lambert 2018, Electrek)

“First off, “giant” is a fair descriptor. Nearly 1,000 feet long, 150 feet wide, and 53 feet tall, the tent covers 137,250 square feet. That’s enough to fit two and a half football fields, 122 Model 3 sedans, or, an assembly line.”
(Davies 2018, Wired)

“Team deserves recognition, this was miraculous,” tweeted Elon Musk.
(Cyrus Farivar 2018, Ars Technica)